Three things to do in Barcelona
The city of Barcelona is located in the region of Catalonia, in the northeastern tip of Spain. The city has many attractions, ranging from architectural landmarks to designer parks with views towards the sea.
Explore the city
Barcelona is a city known for its architecture. Visitors can explore Barcelona and the ancient Gothic Quarter, which has narrow streets and Gothic buildings. Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia cathedral, looming above the rest of the city, has become its symbol. Visitors will be able to climb up two of the towers of the unfinished cathedral to enjoy views towards the city, which is known for its quadrilateral layout.
A walk along the prestigious area of the Passeig de Gràcia, filled with boutique stores, leads to the centric Eixample district. This area is known for two other Gaudí buildings, Casa Batlló and Casa Milá. Casa Batlló used to be a private house. It has a sandstone facade covered in traditional catalan mosaic pieces, trencadis. The windows are narrow and the iron wrought balconies have the shape of skulls. A couple of streets away visitors will find Casa Milá. This limestone building has a wavy facade, and there are no straight lines and corners in the rest of the building. Guided tours are organized around part of the building, where on the top floor visitors will find a gallery dedicated to the construction of the building. Visitors can climb up to the rooftop, which has chimneys built in the shape of stone warriors and views towards the city center.
Spend an afternoon in a park
Barcelona is a city known for its many cultural attractions, its nightlife and its urban beaches. After a night out followed by walking around the city center visitors can relax in one of the city’s parks. The centric Ciutadella park is a city in itself, with several historical buildings that have been transformed into museums, a pond where visitors can rent rowing boats and a zoo. The main museums located in the park are the Laboratory of Nature, which holds exhibits from the city’s Natural History Museum, and the Martorell Musuem.
Gaudí’s Parc Güell is located farther away from the city center. The architect’s house has been transformed into a museum. The park grounds are decorated with trencadis-covered fountains and statues, and a wide staircase leads to a tiled observation deck. The observation deck has semicircular benches decorated with mosaics from where visitors will be able to enjoy views towards the city and the sea.
Enjoy traditional tapas
Food is another main attractions in this city. Some of the city’s freshest products can be found in one of the city’s many traditional markets, including the Boquería and Sant Antoni markets. The most famous one is the Boquería market, which is located off Las Ramblas, a set of main boulevards that lead from the city to the shore. This market has been transformed into a gastronomic space filled with colourful stalls selling freshly-squeezed juices, stalls where visitors will be able to try authentic jamón ham and many popular tapas bars. Sant Antonie is located near the multicultural Raval district and is steps away from the Old Quarter of the city. This market is more traditional, where visitors will be able to find fresh fish and local vegetables. Near the coast and in the city center visitors will find many tapas bars and restaurants where they will be able to try Catalan dishes, which serve a combination of sea and mountains products. These can include eggplant and other vegetables, fried squid and prawns.